“You ask me which I prefer —
the stars themselves or their mirror
image on the puddles of our path
Paula Meehan, Home by Starlight
‘Making Spaces Places’ a free lunchtime poetry reading withPaula Meehan, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Sean Borodale, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and musicianMáire Breatnach, complementing the Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland on Friday 28 June, 1pm.
Presented by Poetry Ireland and the OPW, the first stop ofThe Heart of Summer series is in Doneraile Court, Cork on Saturday 6 July. Olivia O’Leary presents Irish poetsAilbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Bernard O’Donoghue, as well as sean nós singer Ceara Conway.
Keep reading for more information about events, launches and open mic nights happening across the country this month.
Making Spaces Places
Friday 28 June, 1.00pm
Shaw Room, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Curated by Paula Meehan and Poetry Ireland, special guests include Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Sean Borodale, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Máire Breatnach who will navigate the theme of people in the natural world through their poetry and music.
The Shaping Ireland exhibition shows work spanning 250 years by major artists past and present, including Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Evie Hone, Dorothy Cross, and Caoimhe Kilfeather, and examines their relationship to the landscape of Ireland.
This lunchtime event will explore, in verse and lyrics and tunes, landscapes of personal significance to the performers, offering another dimension to the artworks on show. Lyric poets through the ages have sung the land into being, and the traditional music of Ireland is the very tune of the island itself, her songlines made audible, generation after generation. Join us for tunes and poems to celebrate the landscapes and vistas of this small island in a time when the very earth herself is under threat.
Lemme Talk is an open mic night at Poetry Ireland, brought to you in partnership with Slam Sunday. Lemme Talk gives poets, performers and all kinds of wordsmiths a chance to share their work with a friendly audience. This month’s special guest is Melissa Ridge, co-founder of Boundless & Bare, her poetry is rooted in feminism and heritage exploring themes of womanhood, relationships and mental health.
Five-minute slots are available on the night. Sign up to read on the door as you enter, and MC Brian McMahon Gallagher will pull names out of a hat as the evening progresses. If you don’t get to read, your name gets carried over to the next month.
Poetry Ireland and the OPW are delighted to present a feast of music and poetry in one of Ireland’s great historic houses, introduced by Olivia O’Leary, acclaimed journalist and presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s Poetry Programme.
Olivia O’Leary will be joined by celebrated Irish poets Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Bernard O’Donoghue, as well as sean nós singer Ceara Conway, at Doneraile Court in Co. Cork. Originally built in the 1700s, Doneraile Court is the centrepiece of a four hundred acre estate in North Cork. This great Irish house is opening to visitors for the first time in summer 2019 following an extensive restoration programme.
On Saturday 27 July at 8pm, Kilkenny-born poet Tom French, bilingual writer Deirdre Brennan and Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist, composer and music producer Seán Mac Erlaine will join Olivia at Emo Court in Portarlington, Co. Laois. Emo Court House is one of architect James Gandon’s neo-classical masterpieces. Set in lush parklands, the house is surrounded by beautiful gardens, a lake, woodland walks and many fine trees and shrubs.
Poetry Ireland and the OPW present The Heart of Summer: Glebe House & Gallery
SATURDAY 20 JULY, 8.00PM
GLEBE HOUSE, DONEGAL
Olivia O’Leary is joined by Irish poetsPaula Meehan and Martin Dyar, as well as singer-songwriter Farah Elle in Glebe House and Gallery in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Set alongside gorgeous Glenveagh National Park, Glebe was once the home of the renowned artist Derek Hill, and now displays collections of Islamic and Japanese art, as well as 300 works by leading twentieth-century artists including Picasso.
FRIDAY 2 AUGUST, 8.00PM
HAWK’S WELL THEATRE, SLIGO
In Sligo, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome guests Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, one of the most prominent poets writing in the Irish language today, acclaimed Belfast writer Wendy Erskine, and Irish traditional singer and song collector Len Graham, and the unique piano-based songwriter Duke Special.
MONDAY 5 AUGUST, 8.00PM
THE EVERYMAN THEATRE, CORK
In Cork, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome contemporary English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer Zadie Smith, Northern Irish poet and novelist Nick Laird, and the ‘Godfathers of Celtic Rock’ Horslips as special guests.
Irish Times Poetry Now Award winner Paddy Bushe, poet and children’s author Enda Wyley, and acclaimed traditional singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will be Olivia O’Leary’s guests in Derrynane House in Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry. Standing at the very tip of the stunning Iveragh Peninsula, Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, one of the great figures in modern Irish history. Derrynane was one of the great influences on O’Connell’s life, and now displays many relics of his life and career.
Paul Muldoon’s guests at The Gate will include Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poet Michael Longley, Man Booker prize-winning author Anne Enright, internationally renowned singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, one of the most significant talents in the world of Irish traditional music Martin Hayes, and the acclaimed vocalist and actor Lisa Lambe.
In Ennis, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome singer, songwriter and storyteller Declan O’Rourke, musician, composer, poet and the last surviving member of the definitive line-up of The Dubliners, John Sheahan, Nigerian-born, Longford-raised spoken word poet Felicia Olusanya and Irish Times journalist and cultural commentator Fintan O’Toole as special guests.
In Belfast, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome the ‘Queen of Celtic Music’ Moya Brennanand virtuoso harpist Cormac de Barra, Irish novelist and screenwriter John Banville and West Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan as special guests.
North West Words
North West Words has announced a ‘Borders & Belonging’ Reading Series with Maureen Curran, Moyra Donaldson and William Stokes at Cafe Davitt, Letterkenny, Donegal, Thursday 27 June, 8pm. >>More
‘On the Nail’
Limerick Writers’ Centre presents ‘On the Nail’ literary gathering, featuring poets Daniel Lusk and Angela Patten, followed by an open mic. Please note this event has been moved to Sexton’s Bar, Limerick on Thursday 4 July, 8pm. >>More
Lunchtime Poetry at The Hunt Museum, Limerick
In association with the Hunt Museum, the Limerick Writers’ Centre presents a lunchtime series of poetry. The first of the series features Steven Bond and Mary Lavery Carrig, Friday 5 July, 1.00pm. Readings will be followed by a musical performance. >>More
Over the Edge Open and Westside Arts Festival
Over The Edge Open is teaming up with Westside Arts Festival to host a literary open-mic at Westside Library on Wednesday 10 July kicking off at 6pm. >>More
Drew Dellinger, “What did you do once you knew?”
Drew Dellinger is an award winning poet focusing on themes of climate justice and cosmology. In the face of an existential climate and biodiversity crisis, Drew will be addressing the major challenges through his poetry. Wednesday 31 July, 7.00pm at Marino Institute of Education. The event is free, with a suggested donation of €10 and any proceeds raised will go to Trócaire. >>More